Loft beds are elevated beds that provide for storage, extra bedding, work space or other amenities below them. Loft beds for adults are needed when we stay in a small space, such as college students in an unfurnished dorm or a renter of a small apartment. Adding a loft bed to a small apartment can both free up space for storage or other activities and lend design interest.
We can have loft beds for adults when we need to have classic bedroom loft. Where we have sufficient space and height, we can construct a "raised room," 7 feet or more above the ground-level living space. Lofts of this kind need to be sturdily constructed using 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 joists on 16" or 24" centers, 4 x 6 posts, braced, at least 1/2" plywood flooring and either a 36" to 42" railing or fully enclosed walls. Then, we can access it with a ladder. For smaller apartment, we cannot fit a classic bed loft. But, we can still build a "low bed loft" 5 feet above ground level, freeing up space beneath it for storage. Alternatively, one side of the low bed loft becomes storage space. Then, the other side creates a nook deep enough for a work desk. We can buy the storage units first and then build the low bed loft on top of them. We can access it with a ladder or with steps, which also provide under-stairs storage.
In installing loft beds for adults, we can also build a high platform bed. We can build a platform about 3 feet high without railings. The space under the platform still provides a lot of storage. We no longer need a ladder or stairs. Alternatively, we can even build or have built for us a custom storage cabinet that supports the mattress. So, we no longer need a separate platform.
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